Ark. mom files suit to see slain son's possessions

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 1:27 PM
Ark. mom files suit to see slain son's possessions

MARION, Ark. (AP) — The mother of one of three Arkansas Cub Scouts brutally murdered 19 years ago is suing the West Memphis Police Department to allow her to see the possessions her son had with him when he died.

Pam Hicks says she'd like to know for sentimental reasons what her 8-year-old son Steve Branch had in his pockets. She says she has repeatedly asked police to show her Steve's possessions.

But it is only since the release last year of the men convicted in his May 1993 death — known as the West Memphis Three — that she decided to sue.

She filed suit on Friday.

West Memphis City Attorney David Peeples wrote to Hicks that the Freedom of Information Act doesn't apply to physical evidence in this case.